Croatian Exhibition at the 57th International Exhibition of Visual Arts (La Biennale di Venezia – 57 Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte)
Under the High Patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Exhibition title: Horizon of Expectations
The commissioner: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Curator of the Croatian exhibition: Branka Benčić
Selected Croatian artists:
Organization of the Croatian exhibition: Moderna galerija-National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Venue: Artiglieria of the Venetian Arsenal complex
Opening ceremony of the Croatian exhibition, May 12, 2017 at 1 p.m.
When: from May 13 to November 26, 2017
Preview intended for curators, gallery owners, and media representatives
from May 10 to May 12 , 2017
From May 13 to November 26, 2017, the complex of the Venetian Arsenal will host La Biennale di Venezia – 57 Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, and a venue of ninety square meters inside the right wing of the Artiglieria will present the Croatian exhibition the Horizon of Expectations. Organization of the exhibition has been entrusted to the Zagreb Modern Gallery, while curator Branka Benčić has chosen two works especially designed for the occasion by the Croatian contemporary artists Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić to represent Croatia in this prestigious international exhibition of visual arts. Conceived as a double solo show, it will present an installation by Tina Gverović, consisting of large painted canvases and a series of related formal elements, carried out in collaboration with contemporary British artist Ben Cain as well as an installation by Marko Tadić built around a series of projected images, presenting scenes that are formed between document and fiction into which the artist intervenes by drawing or scraping.
From April 26 to May 9, artists and curator will work together with architect Lovro Skoblar on the exhibition set-up at the pavilion venue.
The exhibition, which will be put on under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, will be accompanied by a catalogue in English, featuring texts by the commissioner and curator of the exhibition, Branka Benčić, and the internationally renowned art critics and independent curators Marco Scotini and Clemens Krummel, while graphic design has been confided to Andro Giunio.
Tina Gverović works with installation, drawing, painting, sound, text and video.
Her work – often in the form of immersive, disorientating installations – engages with space, territory and identity and how these concepts are bound to imagination. She finished BA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1997, MA at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2000 and holds a doctorate from Middlesex University in London in 2013.
She recently showed work in Suzhou Documents – Biennial (Suzhou, 2016), Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik, 2016) Raum mit Licht Gallery (Vienna, 2015), Tate Modern (London, 2014), MSUB (Beograd, 2014), SE8 Gallery (London, 2013), and The Garden of Learning – Busan Biennial (Busan, 2012). She took part in residency programms in Sweden (Baltic Art Centre, Visby, 2012), Austria (Kultur Kontakt, Vienna, 2011), USA (ISCP, New York, 2006).
Marko Tadić works with collage, animation, drawings. Works explore artists’ long-term interest in the legacy of modernism, representing a look back as a visual narrative of obsolete remains of heritage of visual arts or architecture. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Exhibited at solo and group exhibitions and film festivals in Croatia and internationally, at venues in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. Awards: 28. Youth Salon (Zagreb, 2006) and Radoslav Putar Award for young Croatian artist (Zagreb, 2008). Participated in residencies and study programs: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA (2008); KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2008); ISCP, New York, USA (2009); Kultur Bunker, Frankfurt, Germany (2010) and Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki, Finland (2011). Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Born in 1979 in Sisak, Croatia.
Branka Benčić is an independent curator with basic research, writing and curatorial interests in contemporary art, exhibiting film and video, experimental cinema, research based projects, exhibition histories and curatorial practices. She has curated group exhibitions, artiststs solo projects and film screenings in Croatia and internationally, held lectures and published on contemporary art in exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines.
Artistic director at Apoteka – Space for contemporary art, www.apotekapsu.hr
Founder and Curator at Cinemaniac-Think Film, www.cinemaniac-thinkfilm.com
Selected group exhibitions and projects: Artists Cinema (screening program series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Notes on Undoing (Garis&Hahn, New York), Paper Movies (Pula, 2014), Damir Ocko: Studies on Shivering (KM, Graz, 2014); Think Film (MMC Pula, 2013), Video television Anticipation (MoCA Belgrade, 2013), Clueless. Geometry of misunderstanding (Torino and Zagreb, co-curated w/ L. Tadorni), Invisible MAFAF and alternative film practices in former Yugoslavia 1965-1990 (2010-2012 Zagreb, Pula, New York, Belgrade); Architecture and Film – Subjective spaces (Pula, 2009). Artists’ solo exhibitions include: Babette Mangolte, Damir Očko, Vlatka Horvat, Tina Gverović, Jelena Jureša, Marko Tadic, Renata Poljak, Caitlin Masley…
Bodies and Things, Lost and Found
Installation including 6 paintings on canvas (200 x 300 cm, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 2016), sculptural interventions (gravel, concrete blocks, plastic tubes) and audio; French Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia (in collaboration with Ben Cain and Alexis Taylor)
Photo: Damir Žižić
Courtesy of the artist
Tina Gverović, Sea of People 2015 Installation including 8 paintings on a wooden platform: Series of paintings At First Sight I-III, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 124 cm, 90 x 124 cm, 90 x 112 cm (Filip Trade Collection); Series of paintings Second Sight: North Atlantic, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm, Polaris, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm (Neda Young Collection); Series of paintings Choose Your Time I, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm Choose Your Time II-III, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm) Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik Photo: Marko Ercegović
Events meant to be forgotten
slide projection, dimensions variable
Photo: Damir Žižić
Courtesy of the artist
BRANKA BENČIĆ, curator Portrait Photo: Igor Zirojević